ADPC celebrates Khalifa Port anniversary

  • Abu Dhabi port began commercial operations on September 1st 2012

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) is this week celebrating the one-year anniversary of commercial operations at its flagship facility Khalifa Port.

In just one year, Khalifa Port has gone from a pristine stretch of reclaimed land four kilometres out to sea, to a busy hub port serving 17 shipping lines, offering 18 direct services with direct links to more than 40 ports.

“Khalifa Port and Kizad industrial zone are together, the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the emirate of Abu Dhabi,” said acting CEO of ADPC, Mohamed AlShamisi.

“Together we are developing a world class sustainable hub port that is already actively enhancing international trade, providing direct access to global markets, and creating development and employment opportunities for the UAE.”

Khalifa Port Phase One has capacity for 2.5 million TEU containers and 12 million tonnes of cargo, however, the terminal is being developed in stages, increasing its capacity as market requirements increase. Ultimately, the port will have capacity for 15 million TEU containers and 35 million tonnes of cargo, making it one of the biggest ports in the world.

The port was built to accommodate all container traffic from Zayed Port and the additional cargo generated by the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).Owned by ADPC and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT). With a 16-metre water depth, Khalifa Port is capable of receiving and handling the biggest ships sailing the world’s oceans.

To read an exclusive article written for PTI by ADPC’s Jan Grinwis, deputy project manager of the Khalifa Port Project, looking at the story behind the port’s development click here.

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